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Hertl Snubbed: Meier Selected for All-Star Game



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“If it happens, pretty cool, but if not, it’s not gonna affect me too much.”

That’s what Timo Meier said this morning about the prospect of being named to 2022 NHL All-Star Game.

Well, buckle up, Timo, because you’re going to Las Vegas.

Meier will be joining captain Connor McDavid, Leon Draisaitl, Jordan Eberle, Johnny Gaudreau, Adrian Kempe, Mark Stone, Alex Pietrangelo, Thatcher Demko, and John Gibson on the Pacific Division squad.

The San Jose Sharks actually had a number of deserving candidates for the Pacific Division team, a testament to their surprising season.

If not Meier and his team-leading 39 points in 32 games, why not Hertl and his team-leading 20 goals. Hertl is on pace for a 40-goal campaign.

Why not Erik Karlsson, fourth among defensemen with eight goals this season, or Brent Burns, 10th among all NHL defensemen with 26 points?

For San Jose Hockey Now’s money, it should be Meier representing the San Jose Sharks — we’ve extolled his virtues all season.

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Anyway, Meier or not, the San Jose Sharks star did offer a great answer when asked what Mark Streit, the first Swiss player ever selected to the All-Star Game, meant to him. The defenseman, then of the New York Islanders, appeared in the 2009 All-Star Game.

“Mark Streit, he’s done a lot for Swiss hockey. The path he took to get to the NHL and then be the kind of player he was in the NHL and achieving stuff like going to the All-Star Game, it pushed us in Switzerland,” the Swiss winger said. “Kind of made us realize, the young kids, that anything is possible even coming from Switzerland. He kind of opened that up for us. It’s a big motivation, when you see a guy doing that, and you want to follow his path, get where he played.”

There’s a chance that Logan Couture can also make the All-Star Game. Fans can vote in the San Jose Sharks captain in the Last Men In poll.

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